Archive for January, 2014

Welcome, 2014!

Posted: January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Hi parents,

It’s been a week and a half since we resumed classes and the kids are alredy back to the usual school routines. After a well deserved break, I wanted to write a few lines so that you know what is happenning in Grade 4 these days.

As you know, the kids received an important assignment in the IPC class; a project consisting in a poster showing the similarities and differences between our culture and lifestyle and that of the indigenous people of the rainforests. They also have to prepare a power point presentation pointing out the differences between different tribes in the rainforests. In both cases, with enough pictures to make the project a visually attractive work. The deadline is January 30. I gave them already four different websites they can use to find information on the Internet, but they can also look for additional useful info elsewhere. Please be advised that your kids should meet no less than three to four times to research, decide what they want to include, how they want to put it and finally practice the presentation. Part of the grade will be based on the quality of the presentation they offer (they must show they are organized, they cannot read from the poster during the presentation, they have to know what they are saying and only use flashcards to make sure they don’t forget to mention anything important). That is why I gave them two weeks to complete it; please make sure they do not rush and quickly make a poster that will receive a low grade.

This week, we will start with the science part of the rainforest unit. Do not forget to ask your kid about it! 🙂

In Math, we continue working on multiplication. This week they will see how to use rounding to estimate products and will also practice multiplying by two-digit numbers.

In English, they will be improving their vocabulary, reading and speaking skills. Several short films will be the starting point for group discussions that will help them develop a critical thinking, as well as make connections to other subjects. This week we will also work on synonyms and antonyms and review the different elements in a story: characters, setting and plot.

Outside the classroom but also an important part in your children’s education, the after school clubs start tomorrow, January 20, and will be running over the next months every Monday from 2:40 to 3:40. Please remember to send lunch to school before the end of the classes so that you kid can eat before joining the different activities.

Should you be interested in after school reinforcement, remember you can email me at any time.

Have a great week!! 🙂